Resumes are the primary tool that people use for their job search. A resume typically highlights a person's career aspirations, skill-set, job experience and education. A person's name and phone number should also be displayed prominently on a resume. Create a thorough resume for your job search by following a series of steps.
How To Make a Resume for Jobs
Write down all of your job titles and duties on a notepad, starting with your current or most recent job. Categorize your duties into functional areas such as managing, communication or analysis. Include all major accomplishments. Make a separate list of your major skills, such as writing or computer skills.
Open your word processing software on your computer. Use the settings options in your software to set your margins, about 1 inch or 1 1/4 -inch on each side and on the top and bottom. Select a 12-point font such as Times New Roman.
Type your full name in bold and all capital letters at the top of the page. Type your address on the next line, then your city, state and zip code on the third line. Type your phone number, including area code, on the fourth line, and add an email address, if desired. Center all lines in the middle of the page.
Go down two lines and type "Career Objective," starting at the far left margin, in all capital letters. Type a one-line career objective, such as "To find a challenging and rewarding sales position," two lines below your heading. Use this spacing pattern for all categories, using capital letters for each heading.
Create a "Skills" category. Highlight up to three of your top skills using no more than two lines for each skill. Underline each skill and add a single dash before each summary. Add a space between each skill.
Create a "Work Experience" category. Type the name of your present or last company and its location. Include your job title, and the month and year you started and ended working for that employer. Type all of your jobs in reverse chronological order. Include three main bullet points under each job that best describe your major duties on that job. List a major accomplishment you achieved at that job in the third bullet point. Add two spaces below your last bullet point and list your second previous job. Follow this same format until you have listed all of your jobs and three bullet points under each one.
Entitle the next category "Education." List your most recent education first, including the name of your college and its location. On the same line, type in the degree you earned and the year you graduated. Add any additional education.
Your last two categories should be "Activities/Interests" and "References." List any significant organizations in which you belong, hobbies and interests under "Activities/Interests." List at least three references, including their name, job title and where you worked with each person.
Run your resume through a spell check, then print it out. Print your resume on stationery resume paper when mailing it or taking your resume to an interview. Save a copy on your computer to use for sending resumes via email.
Always include a cover letter when mailing out a resume, and when you apply for jobs online through email. Highlight key accomplishments in bold throughout your resume, but do not overuse the bold function. If you are a student just out of college, list your education before your work experience instead of after it.
Never exceed two pages with your resume.